Pocomoke gets DNR-tagged bass Notebook

June 27, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

The Pocomoke River on the Lower Eastern Shore recently was stocked with more than 10,000 largemouth bass fingerlings tagged by the state Department of Natural Resources as part of an effort to develop programs for enhancing and preserving that portion of the tidal sport fishery.

The fingerlings, hatched at the Manning Hatchery in Charles County and released from Sturgis Park in Snow Hill, will help DNR biologists determine how bass interact with their environment and study growth rates.

The Just-a-Mere Bass Club of Snow Hill assisted in the release of the fingerlings, and by 1996 biologists expect the fingerlings to have grown to the legal minimum size of a foot.

"Introducing these fingerlings into the river is just one of the measures the town needs to take to revitalize the river area," Snow Hill Mayor Ray Warren said. "The citizens of Snow Hill consider the Pocomoke River one of their principal assets serving to enhance the town's appeal as a tourist destination."

Bass club members and DNR employees distributed the fingerlings among spatterdock fields and cypress knees, where the young fish will feed on insects and other small fish.

The micro-tags will remain with the fish throughout their lives and will allow biologists to loosely track their development.

Donation does compute

The Maryland Bass Federation has donated a data-logger computer to DNR for use in its studies of tidal largemouth bass. The computer will be used in an automated field station to track tagged bass in the upper Chesapeake Bay.

"Members of the Maryland Bass Federation have demonstrated their concern for preserving the tidal bass sport fishery," said Torrey C. Brown, DNR secretary. "Their participation in this radio telemetry study is greatly appreciated."

The computer will allow biologists to monitor the movements of more than three dozen bass, originally tagged in 1991, around the clock. The data-logger will record fish locations and water temperatures and help biologists determine what makes bass move.

Evening nature cruises

The O.C. Princess, which runs headboat fishing parties to offshore wrecks during the day, has kicked off a series of evening nature cruises out of Shantytown Pier in Ocean City. So far, dolphins, porpoise, right whales and a sea turtle in excess of 300 pounds have been sighted.

The guided evening cruises also include bird and other wildlife sightings from the Assateague surf well into the Atlantic.

Offshore fishing tourney

On Saturday, the Ocean City Marlin Club begins its first offshore fishing tournament of the season, The Canyon Kickoff, with a $2,000 prize for the first white marlin to be caught or released.

As of Thursday, no white marlin had been taken in Ocean City waters this year.

The Canyon Kickoff runs Saturday through Monday, with entrants allowed to fish any two days for tuna and white marlin. The skippers meeting is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Marlin Club on St. Louis Avenue.

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